Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Sunday, April 21, 2019

The End of an Era

Our Saviour of the Heart
Wilson 5/23/2003 - 4/20/2019
Wilson came into our lives when we had just suffered the loss of our first Cardigan Dylan at the age of nearly 17. Wilson instantly had huge shoes to fill and fill them he did! He was a gentle old soul from day one. A quiet reserved gentleman that preferred to hang in the background. But that didn't mean he lacked for personality or the Cardigan sense of humor. He loved his people fiercely! Very quickly our broken hearts were on the mend as this sweet boy worked his magic.
Wilson was a smart pup who enjoyed pleasing his people. He was my Novice A agility dog and got me started on a hobby I have loved for years now. We also dabbled in Rally and Herding, allowing Wilson to earn the CWCCA's Versatile Cardigan award. But his most favorite activity if he could pick it was to swim
and fetch sticks from the water. You didn't dare say "Wanna go swimming?!" if his leash was off. He was off and running for the neighborhood lake as fast as his legs could go!
He was an extremely handsome guy and always garnered many compliments wherever he went. He also just "got it" when it came to photographs and posing. He was a supermodel extraordinaire!
Somewhere along the years, as it always does, age caught up to him. In September of 2017 he was diagnosed with Stage 4 Kidney Failure and we were told he likely had less than 6 months to live. Wilson always had a strong stubborn streak and he wasn't about to let bad kidneys be the end of him. He plugged doggedly along, fighting the ups and downs of his disease. So the old guy that was supposed to pass away more than a year ago was still with us when the very bad news about Jimmy's cancer was given. Wilson had one more task to complete. He had to comfort us as we lost Jimmy so unexpectedly. He came into our lives to heal a broken heart and he stayed in our lives far longer than expected so he could help one more time with broken hearts.
We could ask no more of Wilson. He was worn out and oh so tired, the kidney failure finally winning the battle. Yesterday we helped Wilson cross the bridge to where his body could find the peace he has so earned. Don't tell Wilson, but of course our hearts are now more broken than ever.
Thank you for sharing your life with us, Wilson. We will love you forever!
Having lost both Jimmy and Wilson within a 72 hour period has left us shell-shocked and hollow. Even with Cedar to comfort and distract us, the house is painfully empty. I have strong feeling it will be a long time indeed before life feels normal again.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Life Can Turn on a Dime

The Flame that burns twice as bright,
Burns half as long

Jimmy 05/10/2007-04/17/19

MACH PACH2 Fine Creek's Sharp Dressed Man

It is with a crushed heart that I tell of the loss of our Jimmy
on Wednesday morning. Only 12 days earlier he received a diagnosis of Hemangiosarcoma.

One of Jimmy's many nick names was "The Boss". He stayed in charge right to the very end,
passing away shortly before the vet came to ease his passage.

Jimmy was so much larger than life, a boisterous, funny boy who always had a lot to say
and he said it loudly! His personality ran to the intense and this made him an excellent
agility teammate for many great years. He loved that game and he gave it his all.

He was an avid television watcher and could pick out an animal character even if it was only a cartoon. He would quickly lose interest when nothing but people filled the screen.

He was the most intelligent dog I have ever had, understanding a huge vocabulary of words. But he was an even better communicator with his eyes. Whole conversations could be had watching the
expressions in his beautiful, bright eyes.

I will forever miss gazing into those windows of Jimmy's mind and soul.

To Anne his breeder, thank you for giving us one of the best highlights in ours lives.
Jimmy was one of a kind. I know you are grieving for him as well.

To Jimmy himself I say : As you journey across the Bridge, please know that you made our lives
so much better and that you are and always will be incredibly loved and incredibly missed.
That will never end. Keep an eye out for your brother Wilson, he won't be far behind.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Ready to Rumble!

It was a beautiful day yesterday and we spent as much time as possible outdoors. Jimmy decided it was time for a game of chase and extended "the look" to Cedar to get things going. It worked!

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Sixteen Months!

Cedar turned 16 months yesterday! Although I remembered to take photos and post on FaceBook, I forgot to post here until I was already in bed. Sigh. Too lazy to get back up....

So, here's Cedar a day late for 16 months.................

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